About The Vortex Records
Local Record Store in McMinnville, OR
Hours of OperationMonday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Reviews of The Vortex Records in McMinnville, OR
- 95 Reviews
Breandan the Irish Mystery Lad
Support local and especially indie shops!! Great little shop with friendly and personable staff. When an owner is proactive in working a shift, that speaks volumes. Great blow out prices on used CDs. Decent selection of music on CD and vinyl in addition to posters, body jewelry, tapestries, incense, etc.
A weekend in McMinnville that included a night at the McMennamins Hotel, wine tasting, a concert at the “somewhat” nearby casino, and shopping along the Hallmark-like storefronts. Memorable! Popped into this record store and the vibe was good— incense and some great music playing. Flipped thru a few album bins, and it looked as though the majority of albums I saw were brand new. As an employee [the owner] walked by, I asked if they were any used albums as well as new in the store. He spoke to me as if I were 5 years old! Proceeds to point at the price sticker ($35) on an album then points to another which was much less and says, “see the price, you can see it’s lower, it’s used” How do you spell condescending? My partner asks what’s the music playing. His tone of voice speaking to my partner was so helpful. I tell my partner, “the guy’s a douche” We proceed to each buy an album— Goodbye Yellow Brickroad and Some Kind of Blue. Separate sales. The owner is curt and cold to me. My partner gives me the sideways look listening/watching my transaction being completed. It’s now my partner’s transaction—holey moley is his transaction sweet and friendly?! Not sure why the cold and unfriendly vibe towards me. Not my first time in a vinyl store. Cut the condescending vibe! Of course I paid way more at this store for Miles Davis. Much cheaper [new as well] online. I enjoy shopping at the little stores and chatting with the shopkeepers. That’s the experience you miss out while shopping on line Not going back there!
I’m so disappointed in my trip to Third street this evening. I couldn’t believe how rude the old man was. Not sure if he’s the owner. My teen accidentally dropped a record and corner had a tiny bend in it. The old man took it and scolded him saying “You need to be more careful, look what you did. Are you planning on purchasing this now?” He apologized and was very embarrassed. Obviously it was an accident. Our hands were cold from being outside. The record is in a plastic cover. It’s slippery. We did purchase a record. But I totally would’ve just left if it wasn’t for a birthday gift. Bad experience. Accidents happen and it’s not ok to make people feel stupid.
When it comes to small town places, its usually hit or miss when it comes to quality storefronts due mostly to the shop owners unwillingness to change bad qualities they have or by changing so much, they may as well be a Walmart. It's a balance between those you want. The Vortex still has the atmosphere of a record shop from the 70s or 80s, when records were in their (original) prime. Now that records have made a significant comeback, its fantastic to experience a place like this. It's a smaller space, but what they do have is quality and expertise. My first experience here was Record Store Day 2019 and it definitely won't be my last visit. I was impressed. The array of available records and the ease of searching is exactly what you're looking for and I hope it will feel a lot better supporting a local independent shop than it does for you to support the big guys. Stop in and browse. You'll love it.
Great selection of records with plenty of inventory on newer titles. Staff is quick to offer assistance and point you in the right direction of what you're looking for. Have shopped them a couple of times and plan to return every so often to see what else they get in.